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Monday, 4/30/18

Remembering William Nack

Can the Placebo Effect Enhance Athletic Performance?

Register Guard story on Justin Gallegos

What Muir Really Meant by ‘the Mountains Are Calling’

NYT reviews Varina

Bruce Tulloh, barefoot champion of the 1960s, dies

SCV Hurdles: Foothill League Finals – Hurdle Preview

Alex Hutchinson: Training Makes Runners More Efficient, but Not Cyclists

5 things to do to live 10 years longer.

Calculate your BMI

Weekend, 4/28-29/18

Farewell, Old Hayward Field. …The Eugenians we talk to, who actually run and race, are ready to move on, anxious to see the new structure up and open for business.

Most podcasts are unfocused, rambling, and to be avoided. But when Magness, Hutchinson, and Marcus get together… Listen. …And then, fercryinoutloud, read Endure and Peak Performance.

How Strenuous Exercise Affects Our Immune System

Just finished Charles Frazier’s Varina. Almost as good as Cold Mountain.

Penn Relays today on the tube, 9:30 AM to noon, PST, NBCSN.

Jen Miller/NYT: Yes, You Can Take Walk Breaks, etc.

Skyler Mikesell, captain of The Master University’s Men’s Track & Field team, tells his story. Video

Justin Gallegos finishes the Eugene Half Marathon in 2:03:49. Got a huge cheer at the finish. We were there, but failed to capture a decent finishing photo or find him in the crowd thereafter. Congrats, Justin!!!

Ken Goe challenges Lauren Fleshman’s (nutty) comments, and posts links to article/video on Justin Gallegos. Here.

Michael Saruni (1:43.25) sets a new NCAA 800m Record!!! Video

Friday, 4/27/18

Semi-Rad: The Gas Tank Is ¼ Full, Or ¾ Empty

Kipchoge’s track workout video.

Brad Stulberg: Do It Better

Ben Franklin’s List of 200 Synonyms for “Drunk”:

Breakinng from 2002. St Patrick’s Day 5K results …More here.

And before that. Southfork 5000. …More here.

OMG, on a tear in New Orleans, Layne Witherell – Wine Maniac!

Thursday, 4/26/18

Patrick Sang, says Eliud Kipchoge, is “the best coach in the whole world.”

Is Eliud Kipchoge the greatest marathoner of all time?

Video: Changing gears workout.

Michael Joyner on lactic acid, fatigue and recovery.

Pushing Through the Pain Cave


Emotional support animals proliferate at Yale. And soon in your favorite races.

Jonathon Marcus: Rust Never Sleeps

Wednesday, 4/25/18

Abigail Frankian and others get their NAIA qualifiers. Story

Think Biking or Walking Would Take Too Long? Think Again.

How Strenuous Exercise Affects Our Immune System

You can’t outrun a bad diet

Update on the 67 mile Backbone Trail in Southern CaliforniaI

Tuesday, 4/24/18

Alex Hutchinson: The Psychological Side of Heat Exhaustion

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall. From cowering to powering through backcountry storms. Don’s dicta. 1. In good gear, most rain is mild, tolerable, even pleasant. 2. Run in the forest.

Video: Flooding in Yosemite. …Reminds me. Just finished Emerson among the Eccentrics. Late in Emerson’s life, John Muir and other nature notables invited Emerson and party to Yosemite. George Pullman furnished a well-stocked private Pullman car to tote the party across country to San Francisco. From there, it took 3 1/2 days to travel (some of it by horse) to Yosemite. …Curious fact. Warren G. Harding, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and tire magnate Harvey Firestone camped together in Yosemite.

the morning shakeout

The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need

Is Science Hitting a Wall?

Fun photo. From the Renaissance?

2018 Leona Divide results. …Patricia Devita, 84, finished the 30K in 7:15:52. The rest of us DNS.

OTC Masters coach Jeff Sather writes: Today we’re meeting at the start of Amazon Trail @ 5:30pm for a workout consisting of both trail and track work.

On trail:
1k @ tempo pace, 200m jog rest
2 x 200m w/ 200m jog rest
1k @ tempo pace, 200m jog rest
2 x 200m w/ 200m jog rest

On track:
2 x 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m cutdown

Update on the workout above. In a word, kick-ass! Your on-pace is probably between 5 and 10K pace. The entire workout takes 50 minutes, plus or minus. You never quite recover. The track part is brutal, “the pay-off,” said the coach. Will never be confused with a Payday candy bar or a payday check.

Monday, 4/23/18

5 Reasons It’s Totally Okay That You Can’t Live Without CoffeeMore.

Des Linden’s daily routine. …wakes up around 6 and starts off the day by reaching for the coffee

Brain: An apparatus with which we think we think. ~Ambrose Bierce

Love Testing Yourself More than Fearing Losing

Is Walking Enough Exercise?

The actual costs of restaurant foods.

Magness on Crossfit

Too many men

Wanna live long? Consider. It’s best to be female and Japanese.

Penn State Outing Club is no longer allowed to go outside. …Don’t miss the comments.

Q&A with Justin Gallegos

Justin Gallegos, 20, born and raised in Santa Clarita, CA with Cerebral Palsy. Now living the dream, a student at the University of Oregon and a member of the club running team. Hopes to run a sub two at the Eugene Half Marathon. His coach thinks he can do it. Justin knows he will do it. Never, ever doubt Justin Gallegos.

1.. How physically active were you as a child, your experience with sports in your primary through middle school years? What and how obstacles were overcome?

I was fairly active. Starting at age 6, I did karate every week for seven years. In regular classes for the public, all ages. During my middle school years, I did equestrian for the disabled.

2. You were planning on playing football in high school. What was your experience, if any, with football in your younger years? And how did you end up a regular on the mighty Hart High School track and cross country teams?

My dad was a football fan, and we attended USC football games. We tossed the football around. I loved it all, and thought I could somehow get on the freshman high school team. Dad suggested I talk to the cross country coach, and he encouraged me to give it a try, and that I would be on the team as long as I kept trying.

3. Obviously, running is a major part of your life. What are some of the unique physical challenges of a racer with Cerebral Palsy we don’t understand? And what can you do, and done to overcome the same?

You’re going to fall down. A lot. It’s scary for others to see, but, for me, I have to deal with it alone, without help. I’ll get up unassisted and run as soon as I can. As the years go by, I fall a lot less. At the start I’d fall two or three times a week. Now it’s only once a season. We all have obstacles and challenges to overcome. That’s mine.

4. You have a relationship with Nike. What is that? What is the FlyEase project and your role with that?

John Truax at Nike heard about me. He rallied employees at the Nike headquarters to help me with the cost of an out-of-state student at UO. Now I’m paying back on that kindness by helping FlyEase running shoes for the disabled, testing various models, offering suggestions. The first generation of FlyEase is now available to the public, but hardly anyone has heard about them. I will be wearing them, and talking about them, at the Eugene Half Marathon.

5. Your major is journalism. Are you writing news stories? Where do you see yourself, career-wise in the next 5 to 10 years?

No news stories yet. I hope to work at Nike at the Beaverton campus, a spokesperson to the disabled, and for the disabled, and in all ways to give back for those that helped me. .

6. You’re racing the Eugene Half Marathon on April 29th, the goal being the first runner with cerebral palsy to go sub two. What other near and more distant Ipun intended) racing goals do you have? A racer for life?

Though mostly a 1500 meter runner only, I want to work up to the marathons and beyond, and trail races too. I love running on the Ridgeline Trail, even with the rocks and roots, and the Rexius Trail with wood chips. Yes, I hope to run 3-4 times a week for the rest of my life.. And to race the the Boston and New York marathons.

7. In 2015, about to enter your senior year at Hart, you were passing through Eugene with your grandparents. While lunching at the Glenwood, you said: “I’m thinking about attending the University of Oregon.” And the rest of us at the table had the same unspoken reaction: “No way. Costly. So far from home.” You’re such a dreamer, but your dreams become reality. What’s the lesson here for the rest of us?

Don’t give up on your dreams. Be positive. There are obstacles to most everything, for everyone. Don’t quit without your best effort. In life or in a race.

8. If you were a billionaire and could give 2 or 3 books to every graduating high school senior, what would they be?

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It contains most all that I believe in , showing how we can achieve great things in the face of naysayers and huge obstacles. And, yes, I’ve met Phil Knight. He’s a truly good person.

Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way. We all have problems. This book shows how to identify and develop the mental muscle to overcome life’s challenges.

Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F-k. Society is always telling us we need to care about everything and everyone, but in reality we first need to focus on our own needs, and what is truly worthy of our time and what and who we really care about. And to laugh a lot.

9. What would you do/have/be if you had 20 million dollars?

First, I’d pay off all bills, loans, parents for all they’ve done, and ensure there’s enough for retirement. And as much as possible to charities, especially United Cerebral Palsy.

10. Your message at a college commencement?

Life will throw you curveballs and screwballs, some good and some bad. Your time is limited, precious. Don’t be afraid of new things, and make the best of everything. Most of the best people have struggled through hard times, and they’re successful because they struggled, even embracing failures along the way, finding another way. There’s often a positive on the side of the negative.

11. What “good advice” is actually bad advice?

Not to take risks. We live in a society that doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. To bubble wrap everyone. You (or the people behind you) will never get down the stairs, or off a cliff, if you don’t take the first step.

Also, “victimhood” only leads to an entitlement mentality. If you once accept victimhood, you will always be a victim, never pushing for and to realize there is so much more you can do.

12. Stuff you do, besides running, that most people would consider insane.

Trust me on this. Everyone thinks racing with cerebral palsy is insane.

Weekend, 4/21-22/18

NYT: Why Men Quit and Women Don’t

How Sportsmanship Helped Desiree Linden Win Boston. Race with a friend, a team mate. Like in cross country.

Admire Old Man Abdi Abdirahman. First Master at Boston.

How to watch the London Marathon. Sunday @ 12:30 AM, PST, on NBCSN

Video: A Road Trip To All 59 National Parks. …Or find something closer to home. If in Santa Clarita Valley, consider the trail to Slide Mountain Lookout. …If in Eugene, do the Ridgeline Trail on Spenser Butte. Just a few miles from downtown.

F4%K The Marshmallows

Video from 50 years ago. Ravi Shankar at Monterey Pop. Still moves and wows me. No, I wasn’t there. Was then a sailor at the Pentagon.

Jen Miller/NYT: Q&A with Desi Linden and more

Congratulations to Justin Gallegos. Huge PR.

Yuki 14th today at the Gifu Half Marathon

Friday, 4/20/18

Alex Hutchinson: How to Catch a Blood-Doping Marathoner

April 22 is Earth Day. Here’s the dirt on the co-founder who killed then composted his girlfriend.

Semi-Rad: Friday Inspiration

OK, we love Desi Linden. Probably even more impressive is Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults.

On P.G. Wodehouse. Frivolous, Empty, and Perfectly Delightful.

Yuki is back in the office today. Racing a half marathon on Sunday.